- The Arizona Cardinals signed Sam Bradford to a two-year $40 million contract on March 19
- The Cardinals also drafted UCLA star QB Josh Rosen 10th-overall in the 2018 NFL Draft
- Is there any chance Rosen starts Week 1 for the Cards?
Cardinals fans were in disbelief when news broke that Arizona signed Sam Bradford to a two-year $40 million contract to replace Carson Palmer.
The former first-overall pick has shown the talent to merit the contract. However, has not shown the ability to stay healthy. Bradford hasn’t played a full 16-game schedule since 2012, when he was with the Rams.
Then in 2018 NFL Draft, the Cardinals used the tenth-overall pick to draft Josh Rosen. Though he was the fourth QB off the board, there are many scouts who believe Rosen has the highest ceiling of the class.
Josh Rosen on being drafted 10th: “There were nine mistakes ahead of me.”
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) April 27, 2018
As we prepare to see the Cardinals in their first preseason game on Saturday (against the Chargers), the online sports betting site Bookmaker has released odds on who will start at QB come Week 1 for Arizona.
Odds to Start at QB for Arizona in Week 1
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No surprise here.
First-year head coach Steve Wilks has said publicly that Sam Bradford is the starter. Rosen is an NFL rookie, learning his first NFL offense, and the adjustment is difficult.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) May 11, 2018
Sam Bradford has been working with Cardinals staff all summer to formulate a plan to keep his knee healthy for the whole season. The goal, said Wilks, is to take every precautionary measure to keep Bradford healthy and starting all 16 games.
When healthy, Bradford is one of the top passers in the game. His 2016 season exemplified this point. Bradford set the Vikings franchise record for completions with 395, and broke the NFL record for completion percentage in a season, completing 71.6% of his passes – Drew Brees broke this record last season.
— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) March 13, 2018
However, Bradford played in only two games last year due to lingering knee issues. He has torn his ACL twice in the same knee, and has a knee condition now that is known to be degenerative.
And keeping Bradford upright may prove more difficult for the Cardinals, as starting center AQ Shipley just suffered a season-ending torn ACL.
Sam Bradford Stats
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Betting Advice on Cardinals’ Week 1 Starter
If Bradford stays healthy throughout the preseason then he will be the week 1 starter.
But that’s a big “if”. A big enough “if” that I would not be willing to place any money on Bradford at -1500. An “if” so big that I’d take the +700 with Rosen.